Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.
Consider the following two comments from Eric Winkel which were made during the course of an interview:
We have three autographed manuscripts of the shaykh al-akbar today, eight centuries later. In my wide study in two dozen languages and sacred traditions I have never seen anything like the Futuhat al-Makkiyah. Everything I “verify for myself” (as he says) and learn about gender, about racism, about native peoples and fiṭrah, about colonialism and the tribes of Europe, about death-loving cultures, about centrifugal and centripetal societies, about fractals and geometrical algebra, about gut bacteria, I find already there in Ibn al-ʿArabī.
Intelligence and intellect are confused; intelligence is what the Creator gave us and intellect is the binding (from the camel’s hobble, ʿiqal) that makes one comfortable. Intellect tries to bind the infinite, tries to say this is god but not that; intelligence says there is no god but God, and God is 1. This intelligence rejects the god of State, rejects the god of religion, and rejects the god of aggression. This intelligence tells us that we are created by love and are free to love, and that fear and shame and hope are schemes devised to enslave and ensnare us.
Extract taken from A conversation with Dr. Eric Winkel on the Prophet Mohammed’s marriage, Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi and Michel Foucault by Fatih Seyhanoglu.
In order for the intelligence to function, one must first bind the intellect such that it operates submissively within the boundaries set by The One.